Introduction to Chords Pt.1

Technique: Strumming
Difficulty:
Beginner
Lesson Name:
Introduction to Chords Pt.1

A chord is a set of 3 or more notes played simultaneously. There are many combinations of notes and fingerings that can be used to form various kinds of chords. In terms of difficulty and applicability, the most fundamental chords, as with scales, are Major and Minor chords. There are many ways of playing the same chord, so we will begin with the most basic fingerings.

Ex 1:  The C Major Chord consists of three notes- C,E, and G (C is repeated in this chord shape). Put your ring finger on the 3rd fret of the 5th string, your middle finger on the 2nd fret of the 4th string, and your index finger on the 1st fret of the 2nd string. Strum beginning at the fifth string and end on the second string. Avoid hitting the sixth and first strings.

Ex 2: The A Minor chord is another fundamental open position chord. To play it, position your index finger on the 1st fret, 2nd string; your ring finger on the 2nd fret, 3rd string, and your middle finger on the 2nd fret, 4th string. Strum from on the fifth string to the second string.
For this exercise you will first strum a C Major chord four times, and then switch over to the A Minor chord and play it four times. Then, strum each chord twice. The point is to get used to transitioning between the two chords. Each strum should last for one beat, or one quarter note.

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